The Paralegal Studies Program conducted a Panel Discussion at the Alexandria Campus to increase enrollment in the program, enhance student success, and increase the graduation rate. Program Head Joyce McMillan collaborated with members of the program’s advisory committee to develop the agenda.
The Paralegal Studies program is unique to the Alexandria Campus and is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). Students who complete the program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. The Panel Discussion was attended by current and prospective paralegal students along with high school students interested in the program.
Panelists included practicing paralegals, attorneys, and Professor George D. McMillan.
The event began with an overview of the Paralegal Studies program. Professor Joyce McMillan explained how the program meets ABA guidelines by selecting faculty that are knowledgeable about the paralegal profession and are committed to the education and utilization of paralegals. She also provided details about the curriculum which includes practical exercises, field trips, and internship opportunities.
Next, panelists held interactive discussions about interview techniques, tasks performed on the job, and the importance of membership in professional organizations. Finally, Professor George D. McMillan gave a presentation on the importance of social interaction in the workforce.
Most of the panelists graduated from the Paralegal Studies program and are members of the advisory committee. Student volunteers were on hand to help with registration and make sure the program ran smoothly. Professor Joyce McMillan expressed her gratitude to the volunteers who helped organize the event and gave up their Saturday to support the students.
Feedback from the attendees indicated that they gained a better understanding about the paralegal profession and received invaluable advice on how to get and keep a job. Participants were presented with a certificate of achievement for attending this event.
For additional information, visit the program website.